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NASA study says Earth survived Sun’s two Coronal Mass Ejection – The Westside Story


The Guardian

NASA study says Earth survived Sun's two Coronal Mass Ejection
The Westside Story
NASA – According to a recent study, two Coronal Mass Ejections erupted from the Sun on 23rd July 2012 and travelled with a speed of 3,000 KM per second towards the Earth. But fortunately, they did not strike the earth's surface. Coronal Mass Ejection, a …
Insanely powerful solar storm would have changed life as we know itThe Space Reporter
2012 Solar Flare Could Have Been Catastrophic For EarthDumb-Out
Massive Solar Storm Narrowly Missed Earth in 2012; Damage Would Have Been University Herald
Daily Digest -Uncover California -Science Recorder
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Posted on 26 July 2014 | 6:36 pm

Amazon’s Fire Phone is a nice piece of gear, with some not-very-useful parlor tricks – VentureBeat


VentureBeat

Amazon's Fire Phone is a nice piece of gear, with some not-very-useful parlor tricks
VentureBeat
NOTE: GrowthBeat is less than 2 weeks out! VentureBeat is gathering the best and brightest in modern digital marketing to help declutter the landscape, simplify the functions, clarify the goals, and point the way to success. Get the full scoop here, and buy your …
Amazon Fire Scores a 3 on iFixit Teardown ScaleeWeek
Amazon Fire Phone now available for $200 through AT&TLoad The Game
Firefly feature aglow in Amazon's Fire Phone debutOman Daily Observer
San Jose Mercury News -Daily Digest -Maine News
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Posted on 26 July 2014 | 6:11 pm

Many dinosaurs were ‘fluffy like a chick’, new findings suggest – The Independent


The Independent

Many dinosaurs were 'fluffy like a chick', new findings suggest
The Independent
Almost every dinosaur was either covered in feathers, or had the capacity to grow fluffy 'chick-like' feathers, new findings suggest. The discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia have the potential to change our portrayal of the animals, researchers say.
Dinosaurs were fluffy 'like chicks' or covered in feathers, say expertsMirror.co.uk
Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friendsRegister
New Find Hints at More Feathered DinosaursNew York Times
Discovery News -BBC News -CBC.ca
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Posted on 26 July 2014 | 5:54 pm

Bose files lawsuit against Beats over patent infringement – VentureBeat


VentureBeat

Bose files lawsuit against Beats over patent infringement
VentureBeat
Well, looks like Bose did not forget about Dre: The audio equipment company has filed a lawsuit against Beats over noise-canceling technology patent. Bose, which makes audio equipment including speakers and headphones, has filed a lawsuit against …
Bose sues Beats over noise-cancelling headphones patentsGeek
Bose files patent-infringement lawsuit against BeatsMaine News
Bose Sues Beats Electronics Over PatentsNew York Times
International Business Times -Tech Times
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Posted on 26 July 2014 | 3:52 pm

NHTSA closes GM, Toyota defect petition reviews – The Detroit News


Reuters

NHTSA closes GM, Toyota defect petition reviews
The Detroit News
Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday it is rejecting petitions demanding recalls of General Motors and Toyota cars. The auto safety agency has come under criticism from some in Congress for not acting quickly on …
NHTSA probes air bag software on older Chevrolet Impalaseuronews
More Air Bag Problems? Feds Investigating GM's Chevy ImpalaAuto World News
NHTSA to seek data from GM about Impala air-bag performanceUncover California
CBS Local -gulfnews.com
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Posted on 26 July 2014 | 3:50 pm

Microsoft’s Nadella: More Than Talk – InformationWeek


TheChronicleHerald.ca

Microsoft's Nadella: More Than Talk
InformationWeek
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proves he can be a man of action with the biggest layoff in company history and other concrete steps to reshape Microsoft. Now what? Microsoft Office For iPad Vs. iWork Vs. Google. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.).
Nadella Has Only Two Possible Outcomes: Hero or LoserSlashGear
Microsoft Layoffs' Ripple Effect: Even Richer ExecutivesChannel Partners

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Posted on 26 July 2014 | 12:37 pm

Blazing Trail of Mayflies Caught on Radar in Upper Midwest – Rayhawk Review


Rayhawk Review

Blazing Trail of Mayflies Caught on Radar in Upper Midwest
Rayhawk Review
A huge swarm of mayflies were captured on the radar at the National Weather Service on Sunday night as they emerged from the Mississippi River. They were seen to drift north in what looked like a yellow patch which slowly turned to blue dots till they …
Caught on radar: Beer-loving bugs swarm in MidwestRavalli Republic
Humongous swarm of mayflies captured on weather radarChristian Science Monitor

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Posted on 26 July 2014 | 5:23 am

When not a drop is left – The News International

When not a drop is left
The News International
Climate change is the biggest threat the planet faces today, with the resources of the entire world getting affected. Water, the world's largest natural resource, faces multiple threats as increasing temperatures lead to the melting of glaciers at a faster pace, …
How Ignoring Climate Change Could Sink the US EconomyCouncil on Foreign Relations
Climate testimony by EPA chief light on facts, balanceOil & Gas Journal
Southwest Groundwater Disappearing at 'Shocking' RateDiscovery News
Your Houston News -ThinkProgress
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Posted on 26 July 2014 | 1:41 am

Global Climate Disruption Leads to the Planet’s Sixth Mass Extinction – Dumb-Out

Global Climate Disruption Leads to the Planet's Sixth Mass Extinction
Dumb-Out
The world's climate disruption as well as habitat loss has lead to the loss and decline of all the animals that exist around the globe. This means that we are currently in the middle of the sixth mass extinction of life on our planet, as stated by various studies that …

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Posted on 25 July 2014 | 5:56 pm

Europe debates how far to push ‘right to be forgotten’ – Reuters


Reuters

Europe debates how far to push 'right to be forgotten'
Reuters
PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European regulators have not yet decided whether to try to force search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" in the region. Isabelle …
EU, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo meet on 'right to be forgotten' but questions remainPCWorld
Google Grants a Majority of “Right to Be Forgotten” Requests—or Maybe None Slate Magazine (blog)
French authorities take lead in grilling Google on 'Right to be Forgotten'Register
Bloomberg -Telegraph.co.uk
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Posted on 25 July 2014 | 5:16 pm

Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News

Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds

The exploded view of the home button which doubles as a fingerprint sensor is seen on an image of the new iPhone 5S at Apple Inc's media event in CupertinoBy Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week. The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the "trusted" computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the security expert who prompted Apple's admission. In a conference presentation this week, researcher Jonathan Zdziarski showed how the services take a surprising amount of data for what Apple now says are diagnostic services meant to help engineers. As word spread about Zdziarski’s initial presentation at the Hackers on Planet Earth conference, some cited it as evidence of Apple collaboration with the National Security Agency.

Posted on 26 July 2014 | 1:00 am

Facebook says SEC’s IPO probe ends, extending WhatsApp closing date

Woman holds a tablet displaying WhatsApp's logo in front of the screen with the Facebook logo in this photo illustration taken in Prague(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission dropped its probe into the social networking company over events surrounding its controversial initial public offering. In its quarterly report filed on Thursday, Facebook said the regulator in May "notified us that it had terminated its inquiry and that no enforcement action had been recommended by the SEC." Facebook shares began trading on May 18, 2012, but soon fell below their $38 per share offering price and had lost more than half their value by the middle of August, angering investors. Investors also complained they were not told just prior to the IPO that analysts at Facebook's investment banks were cutting their forecasts after learning of the company's internal projections for advertising revenue. The end of the SEC probe does not affect shareholder litigation against Facebook, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and many banks over the Menlo Park, California-based company's IPO.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 7:55 pm

Amazon’s far-reaching ambitions, lack of profits, unnerve investors

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos discusses his company's new Fire smartphone in Seattle, WashingtonBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc's message to investors has always been clear: trust in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Some on Wall Street wonder if Amazon may have bitten off more than it can chew. After an unusually busy first half of the year that saw the online retailer spend on developing everything from mobile phones and Hollywood-style production to grocery deliveries, investors are ready to see it curtail its ambitions and start delivering sustainable profits. "It does get frustrating when they continue to spend quarter after quarter and they don't let the revenue flow through," said Michael Scanlon, who manages $3.5 billion at Manulife Asset Management and holds shares of Amazon.

Posted on 26 July 2014 | 12:56 am

Dell, BlackBerry downplay threat from Apple-IBM alliance

Visitors walk past the IBM booth at the 9th China International Software Product & Information Service Expo in NanjingBy Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) – IBM Corp's recent move to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now. Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at the threat posed by the alliance this week, arguing the tie-up is unlikely to derail the efforts of their own companies to re-invent themselves. I think it just made a good press release," John Swainson, who heads Dell's global software business, said in an interview with Reuters in Toronto on Thursday. PC maker Dell and smartphone maker BlackBerry are in the midst of reshaping their companies around software and services, as the needs of their big corporate clients morph.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 7:11 pm

Europe debates how far to push ‘right to be forgotten’

A Google search page is seen through a magnifying glass in this photo illustration taken in BrusselsBy Leila Abboud and Julia Fioretti PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European regulators have not yet decided whether to try to force search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" in the region. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin – who heads France's privacy watchdog and the WP29 group of EU national data protection authorities – said in an interview on Friday that no consensus had yet been reached on what she called a "complicated issue". The European Union's top court ruled in May that search engines must take down certain results shown under a search of a person's name if the information was "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". Although the "right to be forgotten" existed as a concept in European law, the ruling marked the first time companies like Google have been asked to field such requests from the public.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 5:13 pm

Cynk Tech plummets 85 percent as trading suspension ends

By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cynk Technology shares plummeted to close down about 85 percent on Friday after a trading suspension was lifted, but the stock was only being exchanged in private deals. Based in Belize, Cynk became one of the market’s biggest stories as volumes soared and the social media company briefly became valued at more than $6 billion, despite having no revenue and being described as a “development stage” company.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 8:43 pm

The trailers of Comic-Con 2014

The trailers of Comic-Con 2014San Diego Comic-Con is where all the biggest movies and TV series show up to win over new fans and to stoke the excitement of existing ones. With 2015 and 2016 being two of the hugest years for movies in recent memory, it's no surprise that there's been a lot to see in San Diego this year. Follow along in this stream for all of the top new trailers coming out of the convention.

Posted on 26 July 2014 | 6:27 pm

NASA publishes 3D-printable models of asteroids and satellites

NASA publishes 3D-printable models of asteroids and satellitesDo you have a favorite NASA satellite? There's a small chance that you can now make a tiny figurine out if it using a 3D printer, as NASA has transformed a number of spacecrafts, asteroids, and features of Mars and the Moon into 3D-printable models. NASA has actually provided free 3D models for years now, but it appears that just recently it updated its modeling site with 22 files designed for 3D printing.

Posted on 26 July 2014 | 6:18 pm

This is what Wonder Woman looks like in ‘Batman v. Superman’

This is what Wonder Woman looks like in 'Batman v. Superman'Director Zack Snyder surprised Comic-Con crowds this morning by opening up Warner Bros.' big panel with art and a teaser for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as a first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. While the footage isn't online, Snyder did tweet out the photo of Gadot — and it's perhaps the most exciting image that we've seen from the film to date. Footage from the film was easily the most unexpected aspect of Snyder's presentation though, as the movie is still shooting and is planned for a release way out in 2016. According to SlashFilm, the brief teaser begins with Batman in an armored suit that looks like it's right out of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Batman then turns on the Bat-signal, illuminating Superman up in the sky, who's staring down Batman.

Posted on 26 July 2014 | 5:21 pm

IRL: Taking HTC’s One M8 for a test drive

IRL: Taking HTC's One M8 for a test drive

Posted on 26 July 2014 | 5:00 pm